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Famous musician helps young crime victim

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Little Sophie was visiting her grandparents in Algiers Thursday afternoon when she heard gunshots outside.

"Me and my paw-paw were in his office when we heard three bullet shots and my paw-paw came running out here. I went to my grandmaw's room and said, ‘I heard gunshots and paw-paw ran outside,'' said Sophie Bellanger.

Police said around 7 p.m. Thursday, a 14-year-old boy was walking in the 4900 block of Berkley Drive when a black SUV slowly passed him, made a U-turn and then stopped in the middle of street.

They said a man jumped out of the passenger side armed with a gun.

The young victim was carrying his trombone, and investigators said the gunman grabbed him and demanded the instrument.

The 14 year old broke away.

As he ran down Berkley, police said the man fired several shots at the boy and he dropped his trombone in the street.

They said the gunman picked it up and took off in the SUV.

"The child was small. He wasn't a big child at all. I don't know. It's really getting bad. It's just sad," said Barbara Lamouranne.

People who live in the neighborhood are on edge.

"I was very disturbed by it. It's not something that I thought would happen in this neighborhood. It's the reason I moved to this neighborhood," said Jessica Nelson.

The incident caught the attention of world-famous musician Trombone Shorty.

"It was too much for me. I immediately called my team in New Orleans and said, can we find out who the kid is and can we get him an instrument," Shorty said.

Trombone Shorty is on tour right now, but he told FOX 8 the 14-year-old will receive a new instrument from him.

"I mean, it's just totally unacceptable. This was a kid that's going to school and practicing, excited about the band. He was just walking home and they take his instrument away. I mean that's just terrible to experience that and I could just imagine if that happened to me," Shorty said.

Trombone Shorty said he hopes to meet the young victim when he gets back to New Orleans.

"When I get back to town, I would love for him to come jam with me when we're playing in the city," he said.

"I think it's great. I think it's fantastic and that's what we need, more people to help out with the situation the way it is," said Lamouranne.

People who live along Berkley Drive are certainly glad the musician is stepping in to help. Now, they just hope those responsible are caught soon.

Police are searching for the gunman. They said he got away in a black Chevy SUV with tinted windows. They also believe at least five people were inside of the vehicle.

If you know anything that could help police, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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